Music in the Vineyards - Chamber Music Festival - Wine Country, Napa Valley
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2017 Schedule

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 Please see below for a listing by date of our 23rd Festival Season Concerts and Events, or view our festival calendar. All of our concerts are held indoors. For a more comprehensive look at our 2017 program, you can view our brochure.

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August 2017 Calendar




Thursday, August 3, 2017

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Napa Valley College, Upper Campus, 1088 College Ave., St. Helena  |  2:00 pm  |

FREE Open Rehearsal

This is an opportunity for music lovers of all ages to gain an insight into how the musicians prepare for their performances.
Tickets are not needed for open rehearsals, just show up and enjoy.

 

Friday, August 4, 2017

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SOLD OUT-Frog's Leap Winery, 8815 Conn Creek Road, Rutherford  |  7:30 pm Concert  |

Into this charming mix of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms comes the remarkable Frenchwoman Cécile Chaminade, awarded the French Légion d’Honneur in 1913, a first for a female composer! The Horszowski Trio end the program with Brahms’ second trio, about which he told his publisher “You have not yet had such a beautiful trio from me and very likely have not published its equal….”

Program
Bach: Trio Sonata
Beethoven: Trio for clarinet, cello and piano
Chaminade: Concertino for flute
Brahms: Piano Trio no. 2 in C

Musicians
The Horszowski Trio
Violin: Jesse Mills
Cello: Raman Ramakrishnan
Piano: Rieko Aizawa

Violin: Kyoko Takezawa, Daria Adams
Viola: David Harding
Cello: Suren Bagratuni
Flute: Lorna McGhee
Clarinet: Osmo Vänskä

Saturday, August 5, 2017

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Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, 1 Kirkland Ranch Road, American Canyon  |  5:30 pm Concert  |

The sparkling flute quartet of Mozart and Mendelssohn’s sublime viola quintet bookend two equally remarkable works: Jean Françaix’s string trio−a favorite of Jascha Heifetz−and Arcana by Pulitzer Prize-winner Kevin Puts.

Program
Mozart: Quartet for flute and strings in A
Françaix: String Trio
Kevin Puts: Arcana for string sextet
Mendelssohn: Quintet for strings in B flat

Musicians
Violin: Erin Keefe, Jesse Mills, Kyoko Takezawa, Daria Adams
Viola: David Harding, Melissa Reardon
Cello: Suren Bagratuni, Raman Ramakrishnan
Flute: Lorna McGhee  

Sunday, August 6, 2017

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SOLD OUT -Freemark Abbey, 3022 St. Helena Highway, St. Helena  |  5:00 pm Concert  |

Appalachian Spring, Aaron Copland’s iconic work of Americana, is performed here in its original version for 13 players,  along with Dvořák’s familiar American quartet.  ER-OS by Kalevi Aho—one of Finland’s foremost contemporary composers—was a wedding present for our two performers, Erin Keefe and Osmo Vänskä.

Program
Haydn: Piano Trio in G, Gypsy
Dvořák: String Quartet in F, American
Kalevi Aho: ER-OS for violin and clarinet
Copland: Appalachian Spring

Musicians
The Horszowski Trio
Violin: Jesse Mills
Cello: Raman Ramakrishnan
Piano: Rieko Aizawa

Violin: Erin Keefe, Kyoko Takezawa, Daria Adams
Viola: David Harding
Cello: Suren Bagratuni
Bass: Scott Pingel
Clarinet: Osmo Vänskä
Bassoon: Stephen Paulson

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

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SOLD OUT-Merryvale Vineyards, 1000 Main Street, St. Helena  |  6:30 pm Pre-Concert Talk  |  7:30 pm Concert  |

The Pacifica Quartet returns!
This world-renowned group takes a break from their globetrotting to spend a week in the Napa Valley. We welcome them back for their 14th summer, in works that are their specialty, by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Shostakovich.

Program
6:30 pm: The Inside Story
The String Quartets of Shostakovich: Communism and Artistic Freedom.
7:30 pm
Beethoven: Quartet in G, op. 18, no. 3
Shostakovich: Quartet no. 3
Mendelssohn: Quartet in A minor, op. 13

Musicians
The Pacifica Quartet
Violin: Simin Ganatra, Sibbi Bernhardsson
Viola: Masumi Per Rostad
Cello: Brandon Vamos

Thursday, August 10, 2017

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Napa Valley College, Upper Campus, 1088 College Ave., St. Helena  |  2:00 pm  |

FREE Open Rehearsal
This is an opportunity for music lovers of all ages to gain an insight into how the musicians prepare for their performances.
Tickets are not needed for open rehearsals, just show up and enjoy.

Friday, August 11, 2017

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Robert Mondavi Winery, 7801 St. Helena Highway, Oakville  |  7:30 pm Concert  |

The Pacifica Quartet opens this program with one of Haydn’s most popular quartets, followed by two delightful salon pieces by Moszkowski and Sarasate. Mendelssohn’s piano trio was the work that inspired Schumann to declare him “the Mozart of the 19th century, the most illuminating of musicians”.

Program
Haydn: String Quartet in G, op. 76, no. 1
Moszkowski: Suite for two violins and piano
Sarasate: Navarra for two violins and piano
Mendelssohn: Piano Trio no. 1 in D minor

Musicians
The Pacifica Quartet
Violin: Simin Ganatra, Sibbi Bernhardsson
Viola: Masumi Per Rostad
Cello: Brandon Vamos

Violin: Francisco Fullana, Mari Lee, Violaine Melançon
Viola: Masumi Per Rostad
Cello: Joshua Roman, Brandon Vamos
Piano: Eric Zivian

Saturday, August 12, 2017

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Charles Krug, 2800 Main Street, St. Helena | 5:30 pm |

La Belle Époque Parisian Fête
Join us for a fabulous evening of haute cuisine, wine and music to mark the 23rd season of Music in the Vineyards. Following a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception, you’ll enjoy a chamber music concert in the historic Carriage House; dine on the great lawn to the strains of café dansant music by the Baguette Quartette; and finally join in an exciting live auction to benefit the education and community-focused programs of Music in the Vineyards.

Program
Leclair: Sonata for two violins Bach: Partita no. 3, Preludio
Ysaÿe: Sonata no. 2; Obsession
Ravel: String Quartet: 1st movement
Bizet: Carmen Suite for four violins

Musicians
The Pacifica Quartet
Violin: Simin Ganatra, Sibbi Bernhardsson
Viola: Masumi Per Rostad
Cello: Brandon Vamos

Violin: Francisco Fullana, Mari Lee, Violaine Melançon, Daria Adams
Cello: Joshua Roman

Sunday, August 13, 2017

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SOLD OUT-Chimney Rock, 5350 Silverado Trail, Napa  |  5:00 pm Concert  |

Max Bruch never shed the fame of his early—and popular—violin concerto, at the expense of his other works. We open this program with his beautiful string quintet, written in his 81st year. Festival favorite Joshua Roman returns, as both cellist and composer in his performance of Riding Light, while the rarely performed piano quintet by a young Béla Bartók chronicles his early use of folk music as inspiration.

Program
Bruch: String Quintet
Stravinsky: 3 pieces for string quartet
Joshua Roman: Riding Light for solo cello
Bartók: Piano Quintet

Musicians
Violin: Sibbi Bernhardsson, Francisco Fullana, Mari Lee, Violaine Melançon
Viola: Masumi Per Rostad, Frank Shaw
Cello: Joshua Roman, Brandon Vamos
Piano: Eric Zivian

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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Limited Amount Left! - The Hess Collection, 4411 Redwood Road, Napa  |  7:30 pm Concert  |

Chiara String Quartet
Lauded for their "highly virtuosic, edge-of- the-seat playing" (The Boston Globe), the Chiara takes performance risks like no other: they play virtually everything from memory! Formerly in residence at Harvard and the Metropolitan Museum in NYC, the Chiara are currently the Artists-in-Residence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Program
6:30 pm The Inside Story
Playing From Memory: The Risks and Benefits.
7:30 pm
Schubert: String Quartet in A minor, Rosamunde
Pierre Jalbert: String Quartet no. 6, Canticle
Brahms: String Quartet no. 1 in C minor

Musicians
Chiara String Quartet
Violin: Rebecca Fischer, Hyeyung Julie Yoon
Viola: Jonah Sirota
Cello: Gregory Beaver

Thursday, August 17, 2017

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Napa Valley College, Upper Campus, 1088 College Ave., St. Helena  |  2:00 pm  |

FREE Open Rehearsal
This is an opportunity for music lovers of all ages to gain an insight into how the musicians prepare for their performances.
Tickets are not needed for open rehearsals, just show up and enjoy.

Friday, August 18, 2017

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Silverado Vineyards, 6121 Silverado Trail, Napa  |  6:30 pm Pre-Concert Program  |  7:30 pm Concert

Vivaldi’s Summer from The Four Seasons anchors this program celebrating the old and the new in a continuous musical collage. We juxtapose the familiar with works by Kevin Puts, Aaron J. Kernis and Jefferson Friedmann, three stunning composers of our era.

Program
6:30 pm: Pre Concert recital by the Music in the Vineyards Solo Competition Winners
We present the winners of our fourth annual Solo Instrumental Competition featuring the area’s most talented high school musicians.
7:30 pm
Bach: Sonata in A minor for solo violin
Kevin Puts: Arches for solo violin
Buxtehude: Sonata in C for two violins and continuo
Aaron J. Kernis: Musica Celestis for string quartet
Albinoni: Sonata for Five in C
Jefferson Friedmann: String Quartet no. 2
Vivaldi: Summer from The Four Seasons

This concert will be performed without intermission.

Musicians
Violin: Rebecca Fischer, Francisco Fullana, Axel Strauss, Hyeyung Julie Yoon, Daria Adams
Viola: Nicholas Cords, Jonah Sirota
Cello: Gregory Beaver, Joshua Roman
Bass: William Langlie-Miletich
Piano & Harpsichord: Wei-Yi Yang

Saturday, August 19, 2017

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SOLD OUT-Silverado Vineyards, 6121 Silverado Trail, Napa  |  5:00pm Concert  |

Three of the greatest composers of the Romantic Era (one you have never heard of!): Brahms and Dvořák need no introduction, but the overlooked Julius Röntgen is every bit their equal. Born just 22 years apart, these three  forged  very different geographical and musical paths.

Program
Brahms: Sonata for cello and piano in E minor
Röntgen: Piano Quintet in A minor
Dvořák: String Quintet no. 2, op. 77

Musicians
Violin: Rebecca Fischer, Francisco Fullana, Axel Strauss, Hyeyung Julie Yoon
Viola: Nicholas Cords, Jonah Sirota
Cello: Gregory Beaver, Joshua Roman
Bass: William Langlie-Miletich
Piano: Wei-Yi Yang

Sunday, August 20, 2017

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Silverado Vineyards, 6121 Silverado Trail, Napa  |  5:00 pm Concert  |

The 2016  winner of the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, 20-year- old bassist William Langlie-Miletich makes his debut as both soloist and composer of his own work for string quintet. In a first performance at MITV, we present, César Franck’s masterpiece, the sonata for violin and piano.

Program
Dvořák: Nocturne for string quintet
William Langlie-Miletich: Scherzo
Edgar Meyer: The Great Green Sea Snake for double-bass and piano
Mendelssohn: Capriccio for string quartet, op. 81
Franck: Sonata for violin and piano

Musicians
Violin: Rebecca Fischer, Francisco Fullana, Axel Strauss, Hyeyung Julie Yoon, Daria Adams
Viola: Nicholas Cords, Jonah Sirota
Cello: Gregory Beaver, Joshua Roman
Bass: William Langlie-Miletich
Piano: Wei-Yi Yang

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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SOLD OUT - Domaine Carneros, 1240 Duhig Rd., Napa |  6:30 Pre-Concert Talk  |  7:30 pm Concert  | 

The Escher String Quartet
This suave and elegant ensemble has received acclaim for its profound musical insight and tonal beauty. Their style is a perfect match for Mozart and Brahms, whose 3rd string quartet gets a first-ever performance at MITV.

Program
6:30 pm: The Inside Story
Occupational Hazards of Life in a String Quartet.
7.30pm
Mozart: String Quartet in B flat, Hunt
Thomas Adès: Arcadiana
Brahms: String Quartet no. 3 in B flat

Musicians
The Escher Quartet
Violin: Adam Barnett-Hart, Aaron Boyd
Viola: Pierre Lapointe
Cello: Brook Speltz

Thursday, August 24, 2017

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Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr., Yountville  |  2:00pm  |

FREE Open Rehearsal
This is an opportunity for music lovers of all ages to gain an insight into how the musicians prepare for their performances.
Tickets are not needed for open rehearsals just show up and enjoy.

Friday, August 25, 2017

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St. Helena Performing Arts Center,  1401 Grayson Avenue, St. Helena  |  7:30 pm Concert  |

NEW  VENUE  FOR  2017

A program focused on American-based composers would not be complete without Barber’s Adagio for strings and some Gershwin. Caroline Shaw, a New York-based musician who is the youngest-ever winner of the Pulitzer Prize, opens this program which concludes with the precocious “opus 1” trio by the most gifted child prodigy since Mozart: 13-year old Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

Program
Caroline Shaw: Entr’Acte for string quartet
Barber: Adagio for strings
William Bolcom: Graceful Ghost for violin and piano
Gershwin: Preludes for cello and piano (arr. Nicholas Canellakis)
Korngold: Piano Trio in D major, op. 1

Musicians
The Escher Quartet
Violin: Adam Barnett-Hart, Aaron Boyd
Viola: Pierre Lapointe
Cello: Brook Speltz


Violin: Francesca dePasquale, Kerry McDermott
Viola: Nokuthula Ngwenyama
Cello: Nicholas Canellakis
Piano: Michael Brown

Saturday, August 26, 2017

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Clos Pegase, 1060 Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga  |  5:00 pm Concert  |

Just two years after Gulliver’s Travels was published by Jonathan Swift, it was set to music by Telemann, which became an instant sensation (and who wouldn’t want to follow Gulliver on his exciting journey?) Violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama performs her own work, Sonoran Storm, while the program will close with Mozart’s darkly personal G minor viola quintet.

Program
Telemann: Gulliver Suite for two violins
Nokuthula Ngwenyama: Sonoran Storm for solo viola
Dohnányi: Serenade for string trio
Mozart: String Quintet in G minor

Musicians
Violin: Adam Barnett-Hart, Aaron Boyd, Francesca dePasquale, Kerry McDermott
Viola: Pierre Lapointe, Nokuthula Ngwenyama
Cello: Nicholas Canellakis, Brook Speltz

Sunday, August 27, 2017

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Inglenook, 1991 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford  |  5:00 pm Concert  |

In a genre at which he excelled, Mozart’s sonata for piano  and  violin reflects  his extraordinary gifts as both violinist and pianist. Some 200 years later comes Schoenberg’s glorious essay in romantic expressionism, Transfigured Night (Verklärte Nacht). We end our 23rd season with one of our favorites,  Dvořák’s earthy,  lusty piano quintet.

Program
Mozart: Sonata for piano and violin, K. 380
Schoenberg: Transfigured Night
Dvořák: Piano  Quintet no. 2

Musicians
Violin: Adam Barnett-Hart, Francesca dePasquale, Kerry McDermott
Viola: Pierre Lapointe, Nokuthula Ngwenyama
Cello: Nicholas Canellakis, Brook Speltz
Piano: Michael Brown

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Meadowood Resort, 900 Meadowood Lane, St. Helena  |  7:30 pm  |

CLOSING NIGHT CELEBRATION! 

Music in the Vineyards invites you to join us for dinner to mark the end of another season.  Mingle with artistic directors, Michael and Daria Adams and our musicians under the moon at this celebration on the lawn of the Vintner's Glen, with a premier wine reception and buffet dinner.